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Jan 24, 2013 5:00pm EST
obstacles to congressional action is the profusion of filibusters in the united states senate." it's no surprise that editorials throughout the country have recognized that the use of the filibuster must be changed. "usa today" has noted that -- quote -- "the filibuster has become destructively routine." the "roanoke times" noted that -- quote -- "filibuster reform alone will not fix everything that is wrong with washington but it would remove one of the chief impediments to governing." the minnesota star tribune stated that "most americans live under the impression that representative democracy's basic precept is that the majority will rule. sadly, that's no longer the case in the u.s. senate, where the minority party has so abused the filibuster that the minority now controls the action. or more accurately the inaction. this perverts the will of the voters and should not be allowed to stand." mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that copies of these editorials and others from around the country in support of filibuster reform be inserted into the record. the presiding officer: witho
CSPAN
Jan 31, 2013 9:00am EST
united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c, january 31, 2013. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable harry reid, a senator from the state of nevada, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: patrick j. leahy, president pro tempore. the presiding officer: the senator from kentucky. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, the majority leader has suggested that i go ahead, and, therefore, i will. yesterday we learned that our economy contracted for the first time in more than three years. this news comes of course after president obama spent an entire election promising americans that a return to robust economic growth was right around the corner and a little more than a week after the president said in his inaugural address that economic recovery had begun. i'm not so sure the people of kentucky would agree with that assessment, given that the unemployment rate there is still above 5% -- excuse me, above 8%. but this isn't the
CSPAN
Jan 25, 2013 12:00pm EST
is determined and effective representative of the united states, has been as a senator, will be as secretary. let me close by saying that leading our diplomats and development experts is a great honor. every day as i testified yesterday, i have seen firsthand, skill, bravery, unwavering commitment to our country. i have been proud to call them colleagues and to serve as secretary of state, and i am very pleased that john will be given the chance subject to confirmation to continue the work of a lifetime on behalf of our country. thank you. >> thank you, madam secretary. >> thank you, mr. chairman. pleased to be year to introduce and speak -- say a few words about my friend, senator kerry, to the committee. obviously the nominee does not need to be introduced to the committee on which he has served for over a quarter century. as its chairman for the last four years. i can dispense with the customer a summary of the nominee's record of public service and qualifications for the office per which she has been nominated they're well known to you and all of our colleagues. i would like to
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 9:00am EST
reciting the pledge of allegiance to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding off icer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington d.c., january 24, 2013. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable brian schatz, a senator from the state of hawaii, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: patrick j. leahy, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president, following leader remarks, the senate will be in a period of morning business with senators allowed to speak for up to ten minutes each. the majority will control the first 30 minutes, the republicans the final 30 minutes. would the chair announce the business of the day. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 12:00 noon with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each, with the majority controlling the first half-hour. the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: mr. mcconnell: mr. president?
CSPAN
Feb 1, 2013 12:00pm EST
that he's one of the most likable man that i've ever known in the united states senate. i think that chuck would agree. >> before we come back you are saying to accomplish something rare that is for democrats and republicans coming together on something that served 13 years as senator schumer came to the other body in 99 and the gang of eight started to come together the friday after the election senator lindsey graham gave you a call saturday morning use all the sheep and you said what? >> i said hi lindsey and he said that he's one of the most effervescent. and he said the band is back. let's do immigration. and that was wonderful. the next moment he said i've talked to john mccain and he wants to get back involved because that meant that we could get something done and we had done different tv shows on the sunday morning talk shows a good location for both of us and we both said that we were going to do it and here we are. we are not there yet but at least we have made some good progress. >> senator, you jump back and forth. you changed. what made you decide to join the ban?
CSPAN
Jan 25, 2013 5:00pm EST
prerogatives in the united states senate and the members of congress. you represent the american people come in you or the branch of government coming you have the right to know what took place, and i have an obligation to commensurate with the regulations and the classifications and the other things that are in play to help you get the answers and we will do that and i hope we can do it in an on contentious and appropriate way. >> can i just mention very quickly, i think that you would agree with me that every day that goes by and syria it gets worse. >> every day that goes by gets worse. >> it gets worse, so it seems to me there is a very strong impetus that we realize the present policy is not succeeding and to look at other options to prevent what is going on for now 22 months and 60,000 dead. >> but i think you would agree with me whatever judgments you have to make you have to pass the test of whether or not if you do them they are actually going to make things better and you have to make a test of a cost analysis and doing that. and i mean all kinds of costs, human life cost, treasurer,
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 8:30am EST
know of in the united states senate and congress who when he authored the iranian freedom and security act. he authored the syria accountability act. now, those were not just since the things have percolated in the arab spring, those were well in advance. he knows more about the interactions between ahmadinejad and chavez than i think every politician. so in terms of who our enemy is, where's the war being fought, you know, he was the first one who used the term at the press club in washington, d.c., our enemy is islamofascism. george bush used that term, and then karen hughes said you can't use that term because it might alienate the muslim community. just like in christianity, we have people who handle snakes and speak in tongues and people who might show up on easter and christmas. of that whole realm also spans in islam. i was at a table with -- [inaudible] when he received the reward from a foundation in l.a. which i understand is kind of the largest representative of the jewish community. it was for his holding a conference in indonesia that brought imams and survivors f
CSPAN
Jan 30, 2013 9:00am EST
right now in the united states. what we have, in fact, is a system and senate discuss, it's startling when i heard this. the nation has a demand nearly for 120,000 computer science engineers, but our universities only produce 40,000 people. this is an indictment of our educational system. we need to fix that. we need to get to a point in this country where we have 120,000 people graduating to meet the demand. but in the short term right now we have to deal with the fact that of those 80,000 jobs, those 80,000 graduates are not created here, those jobs are still going to exist. they're just not going to exist here. these companies are not going to wait for us to produce more graduates. these companies are not going to wait for us to fix our immigration system. they have a business to run and if they can't find the people they need to fill these jobs, they will just send those jobs to another country. let me to you what that means in practical terms. the high-paying jobs in these industries will be paying the taxes to some other country, will be simply an economy and some of the country
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
april of 2010. there hasn't been a budget passed in the united states senate since april of 2009. so we are going on four years and now 1,360-some days since the united states senate acted on a budget. that is irresponsible. it is especially irresponsible in light of this problem. we have a responsibility to the taxpayers of this country, as stewards of their tax dollars to do what we can to make sure that we are putting the fiscal house of this country in order in a way that will ensure that future generations of americans have at least as good as, if not better, standard of living and quality of life than what the generation that came before has had. that's not going to happen because we are piling on the backs of future generations enormous amounts of debt. in fact, the $16.4 trillion in debt that the nation has today, if you break that down on an individual basis, that's about $53,000 for every man, woman and child in america. that's what every individual owes, every individual in this country owes of that $16.4 trillion in debt. that is not fair to future generations. and it is
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 5:00pm EST
united states senators, a large majority, voted to pass this legislation. if we got 58 votes, then why didn't we get it? because of republican obstructionism, we couldn't even proceed to debate the bill. so this was a filibuster on a motion to proceed to the bill. we got 58 votes but we couldn't even debate it. now, since we just went through a recent debate on rules reform, i want the american people to understand this. republicans, the minority party, have continuously prevented the united states senate from even considering the issue of unequal wages and gender discrimination. millions of women and their families are concerned about the fact they get paid less than their male colleagues. it's unfair. it's unjust. nevertheless, repeatedly, the republicans have filibustered even debating the issue. well, now, madam president, just last week we had a vote in the senate to change some rules, so we made some modifications of the rules, and i trawl hop -- ay hope that those modifications that were made will now enable us to get over this hurdle to bring up the paycheck fairness act, debat
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
reciting the pledge of allegiance i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding off icer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington d.c., january 28, 2013. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable tim kaine, a senator from the commonwealth of virginia, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: patrick j. leahy, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the chair recognizes the senator from nevada. mr. reid: following leader remarks the senate will be in a period of morning business until 4:30. during that period of time senators will be permitted to speak up to ten minutes each. at 4:30 the senate will begin consideration of the hurricane sandy emergency supplemental. at 5:30 there will be at least two roll call votes. the first vote is expected to be in relation to the lee amendment to h.r. 152 and the second vote will be passage of h.r. 152. mr. president, there are seven bills at the desk due for a second readings. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the titles of the
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 9:00am EST
1,300 days. but let's be honest with ourselves. this will only happen if we, the united states senate, summon the political courage and the will to engage in direct good-faith bipartisan efforts to deal with our nation's number-one challenge. perhaps alice rivlin, budget director under president bill clinton, summed it up best -- "there is no mystery about what we ought to do. we just need to get on with it." mr. president, my senate colleagues, republicans and democrats, let's get on with it. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from utah. mr. hatch: mr. president, i rise today to introduce the immigration innovation or i-squared act of 2013. i'm pleased to be joined here by my colleagues, senator amy klobuchar, senator marco rubio and senator chris coons, without whom this bill wouldn't have materialized. all four of us have worked very closely together and each one deserves total credit for this bill. together we have drafted one of the first bipartisan immigration bills this congress, one that is designed to address the shortage of high-skilled l
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 12:00pm EST
indicates what the priorities are for the democrats in the united states senate, and maybe we'll agree on a bipartisan basis to a budget. in any event, we ought not to ignore the law any longer, and i think it's a good step in the direction of getting back to regular order which we ought to follow. it strikes me most of the time, unless there's a pretty strong reason not to do that. >> it's been 1,371 days since the democrats last moved a budget through the united states senate, and thanks to the pressure that was brought by house republicans in passing their no budget, no pay provision as part of the debt ceiling bill that's now come over to the senate, it looks like the senate according to senator murray will now take up a budget. this is important because while republicans believe that spending is the problem not a lack of taxation, it's going to be a revealing exercise to see how this budget markup goes in committee and then, of course, on the floor. and it will be, i'm sure, a challenge for those who believe that more revenue is a solution as opposed to reining in spending t
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 5:00pm EST
detail. we haven't used the process that is in place here in the united states senate to go through committees and let the committees work through, is this essential to meeting the emergency needs? or can we set this aside and spend a little more time examining it, looking at it to make sure that this is how we want to go forward? we have a habit here of throwing money at things under an emergency category and then later finding out that, one, it wasn't an emergency where the money went. and, number two, it was misspent and not effective. we simply can't afford to keep doing this. once again i want to state we're not here trying to undermine funding for sandy, needed for sandy. some of the things the house did i think are legitimate in terms of saying let's set aside unrelated matters. it doesn't mean we cast them into the dust bin never to be seen again. it simply means let's let those that are not emergency situations be more carefully examined in terms of whether we need that. and if someone does come to the floor, as senator lee is going to do, is my understanding, and offers a
CSPAN
Jan 30, 2013 5:00pm EST
, representing the united states of america and all of its best interests. and i watched him work hand in hand with secretary of state clinton to ensure that there was no division between the senate foreign relations committee and the policies of this country. but most importantly of all, on those tough, tough issues, like the ratification of the new start treaty, secretary kerry -- now secretary kerry, then chairman kerry, made sure that every member of the committee, in the entire markup and hearing process, had their questioned answered, their concerns answered, and was a part of the process. he never tried to ramrod anything through the committee nor through the congress but, rather, did his job in an exemplary way. so it's a privilege for me to rise tonight to pay tribute to john kerry, the next secretary of state of the united states of america and commend him on his confirmation to that job. and i yield back and note the absence -- and i yield back. the presiding officer: the senate stands adjourned until senate stands adjourned until >> one can't count the times that americans favor the best country in the world. what a marvelously thing to say. of all the countries in the world,
CSPAN
Jan 31, 2013 12:00pm EST
shows such deference. senator hagel agreed publicly that the united states is a bully. i assume that our reliance on unilateral sanctions when necessary may tp*eut his definition -- may fit his definition of bully. i cannot possibly agree. a third track of a comprehensive approach to this crucial problem is open discussion of an early preparation for military options. it has become increasingly clear over the past several years that diplomacy and sanctions alone are too weak to compel iranian compliance with the international community's demands. a frank discussion of military options and preparations give credibility to the rest of our strategy. no one should suppose that these steps mean anything other than preparing the ground for the logical necessary access to measures of last resort. at the bipartisan policy center, i participated in an exhaustive analysis of all the means and consequences of potential military action against iran's nuclear weapons program. there were no war advocates among us. nevertheless, if it is true that a nuclear weapons-capable iran is unacceptable, as
CSPAN
Jan 30, 2013 12:00pm EST
massachusetts has voted to send me to the united states senate. yesterday nearly three decades after the people of massachusetts first voted me into this office, the people i work with in the senate voted me out of it. as always, i accept the senate's sound judgment. eight years ago i admit that i had a very different plan, slightly different anyway, to leave the senate but 61 million americans voted that they wanted me to stay here with you. and so staying here i learned about humility and i learned that sometimes the greatest lesson in life comes not from victory but from dusting yourself off after a defeat and starting over when you get knocked down. i was reminded throughout this journey that something that's often said but not always fully appreciated -- all of us senators are only as good as our staff, a staff that gives up their late nights and weekends, postpones vacations, doesn't get home in time to tuck children into bed. all of those lost moments because they're here helping us serve. they're not elected, they didn't get into public life -- public service to get rich, that's
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